If you’re worried about an Iranian attack anytime in the near future I wouldn’t hold your breath, officials in the region are still 50 years behinds when it comes to American achievements after they failed on Wednesday to launch a live monkey into space.
According to Iran’s Deputy Science Minister Mohammad Mehdinejad-Nouri:
“The Kavoshgar-5 rocket carrying a capsule with a live animal (a monkey) was launched during Shahrivar,” while he added, “However, the launch was not publicised as all of its anticipated objectives were not accomplished.”
Speaking about the launch he said it was “strategic, and a priority” while mentioning that more flights will be scheduled for future dates.
Mehdinejad-Nouri said the launch of a live animal into space was “strategic, and a priority,” and expressed hope that future launches would attain more of the objectives set.
Iranian officials had hoped to send the Kavoshgar-5 rocket 75 miles into the sky for a 20-minute sub-orbital flight.
The project was originally unveiled in February by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In 2010 the country did manage to send a Kavoshgar-3 rocket rocket into space with a rat, several turtles and some worms.
The countries first satellite went into orbit in 2009.
In the meantime Western opponents of Iran fear that their tests could be preparing them for ballistic missile testing which could send nuclear warheads to anywhere in the world they so desire.
Do you think the “live” space tests are Iran’s attempt at developing a missile system or just a simple way to make their citizens believe they are catching up to the world’s superpowers.
Tehran has repeatedly denied that its nuclear and scientific programmes mask military ambitions.